Special Hurricane Ian Travel & RV Weather Forecast Wednesday night 28 September

** Heads Up ** RVers in central and northeast Florida, along the immediate Georgia coast and in coastal, southern and southeast South Carolina need to be prepared for destructive winds up to hurricane force, major or even record flooding in central and northern Florida, 3-6 feet of storm surge, and fresh water flooding in South Carolina. There have been catastrophic impacts to infrastructure on parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast, particularly between Sarasota to Naples. Please continue to follow the directions of your local emergency management officials.

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Hurricane Ian:

— (based on 11 p.m. ET NHC Advisory) Hurricane Ian is now a Category 1 Hurricane, with sustained winds of 90 mph and weakening. Ian is 70 miles south of Orlando, moving to the north-northeast. Ian will move to the northeast across the Florida Peninsula to near Daytona Beach by Thursday morning, and emerge in the Atlantic off the northeast Florida coast as a strong tropical storm or minimal Category 1 hurricane before turning back to the northwest and going inland around Charleston SC Friday afternoon.

Numerous Hurricane, Tropical Storm, and Storm Surge Warnings and Watches are in effect for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.   Hurricane Warnings remain in effect from north of Tampa Bay southward to Everglades City.  Hurricane Warnings are also in effect along much of Florida's central east coast, while Tropical Storm Warnings and Hurricane Watches are in effect for the Northeast coast of Florida, as well as the Georgia and much of the South Carolina coasts.  Storm Surge Warnings continue along the Florida west coast from Cedar Key to the Everglades.  There is also a Storm Surge Warning along the northeast Florida coast, and along the St. Johns River, as well as coastal Georgia and the southern half of coastal South Carolina.

	Although Ian is over land there are still hurricane force wind gusts being reported, especially near the coasts.  The central and northeast coast of Florida should prepare for winds very near hurricane force tonight and Thursday.  The southern South Carolina coast should prepare for destructive winds on Friday.

	Up to 10 feet of storm surge is still occurring in the vicinity of Ft Myers.  This surge will gradually decrease in the overnight hours and throughout Thursday.  Much of coastal northeast Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina can expect to see 3-6 feet of surge Thursday and Friday.

	Expect 10-15 or more inches of rain from Tampa Bay to Daytona Beach.  As this rain runs into the major rivers, the storm surge and on-shore winds will prevent the rivers from draining normally into the ocean.  There is a potential for major to record river flooding in central and northeast Florida.  Move away from the rivers and find higher ground.  Southern and southeastern South Carolina may also be subject to major flooding from Ian's rains. 

	Expect infrastructure impacted by the hurricane, not only along the immediate coast, but also inland due to flooding, to be disrupted for days or even weeks.  If you are on the east coast of Florida - move away from rivers or low lying areas that may flood from a combination of fresh water flooding and/or storm surge.  If you are along the immediate coastline of Georgia or in coastal or southern South Carolina, water will be your greatest threat.  Please follow the directions of your county emergency management officials.

Severe Weather and Tropical Watches and Warnings

— See https://rvweather.com/warnings-watches-and-advisories/#NHC_Hurricane_Advisory for the latest WARNINGS and information on Hurricane Ian.

— See https://rvweather.com/warnings-watches-and-advisories/#SPC_Tornado_Watch for the latest Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm WATCHES

— See https://rvweather.com/warnings-watches-and-advisories/#NWS_Tornado_Warning for the latest Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm, and Flash Flood WARNINGS.

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